Taiwan's premier orders crackdown on CD pirates

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  • Tuesday, 18 Feb 2003

TAIPEI, Taiwan (AP) - Taiwan's premier is pushing for tougher measures to crack down on pirating of CDs, including a 10 million New Taiwan dollar (US$287,520) award for tips leading to arrests. 

The island's unsuccessful battle against factories churning out illegal copies of CDs and DVDs has been a constant sore point in relations with its most important friend, the United States Premier Yu Shyi-kun, the island's No. 3 ranking leader, acknowledged in a statement issued late Monday that "CD pirates have become an obstacle to Taiwan's foreign relations.'' 

Yu said the government will study the possibility of increasing the reward for tips that result in the prosecution of CD pirates from NT$1 million (US$28,752) to NT$10 million (US$287,520). 

Other possible measures include greater oversight of CD plants to prevent criminals from using them as fronts for illegal operations, the statement said. 

Taiwan should also more tightly regulate presses and other equipment used by CD makers, he said. 

By the end of this month, the National Police Administration will begin setting up a special police corps for protecting intellectual property rights. - AP 

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